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Headmaster gets nearly $1 million in retaliation case settlement

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in Employment Law,Human Resources

Lake Ridge Academy in North Ridgeville agreed to pay $950,000 after a federal jury found that it fired James Whiteman in retaliation for expressing concerns about possible pay inequities at the private school.

Whiteman, former head of the academy’s elementary school, was serving as chairman of an accreditation study when he noticed that men were being paid more than women who have similar education and experience. When he questioned the pay scales, the school fired him.

He filed charges with the EEOC and also filed his own private lawsuit.

The jury awarded Whiteman $600,000 in damages and had reconvened to consider punitive damages when the academy settled with him.

Gregory Gordillo, Whiteman’s attorney, noted that Whiteman “had nothing to gain and everything to lose by standing up for female teachers,” and called the verdict “true justice."

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